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Charley's Aunt (1925)

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Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sir Fancourt Babberley (Babbs) (as Sidney Chaplin)
Ethel Shannon ...
Ela Delahay
James E. Page ...
Lucien Littlefield ...
Brasset - the Scout
Alec B. Francis ...
Mr. Delahay
Phillips Smalley ...
Sir Francis Chesney
Eulalie Jensen ...
Charley's Aunt
David James ...
Jack Chesney
James Harrison ...
Charley Wykeham (as Jimmy Harrison)
Mary Akin ...
Priscilla Bonner ...


Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits with Amy and Kitty, niece and ward of crusty Stephen Spettigue. Complications begin when Fancourt, in drag, becomes the love object of old Spettigue and Sir Francis Chesney. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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30 April 1925 (Finland)  »

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Charleys Tante  »

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Considered by the 'Guinness Book of Records' to be the first Anglo-American co-production. See more »


Version of Operettemelodieën (1967) See more »

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Not side-splitting funny, but competent and interesting nonetheless
18 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting film because you get to see Charlie Chaplin's half-brother, Syd AND he looks like an ordinary person. In the dozen or so other Sydney Chaplin films I've seen, he usually looks rather comical--with greased hair and often a fake mustache and large padded butt. Here, though, you'd swear it wasn't Syd--just some ordinary bloke. This change was not a bad thing, however, as the film is a light comedy that compared reasonably well to other full-length comedies of the day. However, it's important to note that if the viewer is looking for a slapstick or goofy film, this really isn't it. It's much more plot-driven and definitely not slapstick.

The film begins with Syd trying to help his fiancée's father who has a gambling addiction, but the fiancée misunderstands and leaves him. Some time passes and now Syd is in college and gets mixed up in a crazy scheme to imitate Charley's aunt so that they can fool an old guy into proposing! And, at the same time, the old guy is convinced that the "aunt" is a rich Brazilian heiress. So there's lots of gags about Syd in drag and it's all in good fun--but also a bit sedate.

A decent film and a rare chance to see Syd Chaplin in a different sort of role than you might be used to.

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